The Signs of a Prophet: The Prophetic Actions of Jesus

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Here is a fascinating study that contributes much to our understanding of the Gospel tradition and, in addition, provides evidence that biblical theology is still alive and flourishing.

Morna Hooker reviews the prophetic actions in the Old Testament and compares these with the way in which prophetic figures behaved in Jesus's day, in particular John the Baptist and the so-called sign prophets.

She then turns ...

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Overview

Here is a fascinating study that contributes much to our understanding of the Gospel tradition and, in addition, provides evidence that biblical theology is still alive and flourishing.

Morna Hooker reviews the prophetic actions in the Old Testament and compares these with the way in which prophetic figures behaved in Jesus's day, in particular John the Baptist and the so-called sign prophets.

She then turns to Jesus and considers those actions that can be described as prophetic signs or dramas.

Hooker discusses the sign of Jonah, Jesus's refusal to perform signs, the miracles and other prophetic actions like the renaming of Simon, Jesus's eating with tax-collectors and sinners, and the prophetic signs associated with Jerusalem, reaching a climax in the Last Supper.

A final chapter examines the different ways in which the four evangelists interpreted Jesus's prophetic actions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608994137
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Morna D. Hooker is Professor Emerita of Divinity at Robinson College, University of Cambridge, England. She is coeditor of the Journal of Theological Studies and the author of nine books, including Pauline Pieces and Commentary on the Gospel according to St. Mark.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations x

I 'Is This Not the Prophet?' 1

1 Prophetic actions in the Old Testament 2

2 The 'cessation of prophecy' 6

3 John the Baptist 9

4 The 'sign prophets' 13

5 Jesus 15

II 'No Sign Shall Be Given Them' 17

1 The sign of Jonah 18

2 The sign of John? 24

3 The refusal to perform signs 31

III 'The Signs of a Prophet' 35

1 Miracles 35

2 Other prophetic actions 38

3 Jerusalem 43

4 The Last Supper 48

IV 'More than a Prophet' 55

1 Mark 55

2 Matthew 57

3 Luke 59

4 John 62

5 The Johannine signs 68

6 Conclusion 76

Appendix: The Lord's Supper as Prophetic Drama David Stacey 80

1 The Last Supper 80

2 Meal symbolism 84

3 Prophetic drama 86

4 The wine 90

5 Consequences 94

Bibliography 96

Notes 103

Index of References 121

Index of Modern Authors 130

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